Don’t worry, we’re not bombarding you with more scandalous shenanigans at Broxtowe Borough Council, rather using the attention this blog is getting right now to promote a great event for a good cause.
A tale of the grooming and sexual abuse that Caveney endured by his Catholic School headmaster, this is no cliched slice of misery-lit but one of the most human, thoughtful books you’ll ever read. His candour and humour make this not just a book about abuse, but of growing up, of culture, and how we construct memory. When I read it last year I instantly proclaimed it a classic: a claim I still very much stand by.
Your chance to hear Caveney read, and be joined in conversation with Deirdre O’Byrne is in aid of Middle Street Resource Centre. It’s promoted by the mighty Five Leaves Bookshop.
The event is free, but donations welcome. Places can be reserved by dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will see you there!
Also, the Canalside Heritage Centre has an exhibition of some of the I Am Beeston photos from the past 18 months. The project, which I initiated after the EU Referendum and the reports of increased hostility for those from elsewhere, aims to introduce Beeston to itself, from those who have lived here all their lives, to those who have just made the town their home. The excellent Christopher Frost took up the idea when I couldn’t give it the time it needs, and his photographic skills and way with words have lent the project a new dimension: over 150 people have so far been featured.
Drop by and see a small selection of these pictures, and keep an eye on The Beestonian Facebook page for full updates and the archive of pics.
The new issue of the mag has just been released, find it in our usual stockists or read it online here.